Fashion Forecasts A Wintery Mix

The Art of Layering – The Cold Hard Truth

It’s a #Capelookout this season as the coolest cover-up on the catwalk makes its debut. If you make one sound investment this season, treat yourself to the warm wool cashmere blends, imported from countries that do cold weather well. Sheep’s Clothing, tucked away at 1620 Shakespeare Place in Fells, pulls no wool over our eyes. With quality imports offered in luxurious Scottish wool, these ladylike capes are fully equipped with hoods and headscarves in bold windowpane prints. For an even cooler take on the cape, create contrasting proportions and layer the circular cut cropped style with a longer length shirt. #Effortlessstyle

What’s a cape without a cap? Remember being told as a kid how important it was to wear a hat in cold weather? Lucky for us ‘fashionistas’, hats play an important role in our winter wear. Knitted staples with hair down not only protects our face and ears from freezing, but they can pull together a look in a moment’s notice. For that last minute lid, keep our favorite and easy-to-wear hat shape close by…fit for any gender, the minimalist’s #beanie is both practical and pretty. Choose a cool pattern with flecks of color to keep it simple, but interesting with personality. Standout in the cold with a bright color, against a winter white sky day.

There’s only one place in #CharmCity to find exclusive access to authentic Donegal Irish #TweedHats. Imported directly from Ireland to #FellsPoint, these lids can be whimsical and worthwhile in herringbone and tartan. Both the flat cap and driving styles in a selection of colors are worn smart or casual. Combine #paddycap patterns with a cable knit scarf for that distinguished gentleman look. I promise, heads will turn for the #SmartSexy look you’ve just created. This centuries-old cloth screams classic style.

Imparting a great deal of warmth and practicality, Sheep’s Clothing gears up any age in the iconic Irish sweater – a timeless classic #MadeintheUSA. Chilly weather calls for softly spun, chunky and thick, 100% cotton. #Fishermansknit from Gloucester, Massachusetts, is a winter wardrobe staple – known to hold heat and retain shape. Knit originally by fishermen’s wives to keep their men warm from the harsh winter conditions, this Irish sweater brings functionality to fashion. #babycable #crewneck #leatherbuttons

Wrap yourself in this winter warm up you’ll want to live in. Drape a #cashmere crewneck with a colorblock blanket fringe scarf to complete the look. Irresistible colors get the popular vote at Sheep’s Clothing, where shopping is made cozy and comfortable for upcoming snow days. #winter #style #fashion

Whether silk, striped or subtly subdued, when it comes to tying one on, Fell’s Point is a great place… literally! First impressions are lasting impressions; so, it’s critical to get the tie right. After all, it’s the first thing people notice. Men’s fashion experts on Instagram weigh in on #suitingup, saying a tie is your anchor. Use a tie to pull together contrasting elements with texture or a complementary color. Ties can calm a busy plaid shirt or stand strong against a canvas of crisp white or pastels. Classic and versatile, a man’s tie is like a woman’s shoe; look for quality and innovative options to keep it fresh. Choose the right one and you can really bring an otherwise bland outfit to life.

Looking for simple and clean #fashioncandy for your finances? Check out this #simplycolour cowhide in a selection of Italian made styles. Slimline features make for greater ease in carrying your bifold or trifold. Trade in your #moneyclip for neatness and presentation as #mywalit fits the ticket.

About Elena Russo

If anyone around Baltimore knows fashion from the inside out, it’s Elena Russo. Elena wasn’t just a “working” model. She was a HARD working model; running from castings to shows to photo shoots to the gym. Elena worked countless runways and designer showrooms, and major magazine shoots, print and TV campaigns for the likes of Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Marie Claire, Head Sportswear and White House/Black Market. Her work took her to Milan, New York and many other East Coast markets before she settled down in Baltimore. Now she’s sharing more of what she’s learned about beauty and fashion with you. Elena’s ability to find the reality - rather than the fantasy - of fashion is evident in her shopping know-how. With a bi-weekly fashion column, she shares her local “Elena’s LookBook,” identifying trends you can find at local boutiques in and around Charm City to help you refresh and modernize your closet, and yourself!

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